In what is being described as a massive backward step for the US state of Oklahoma, new anti-gay adoption legislation has been signed into law, allowing LGBTI couples to be turned away by welfare organisations.
The new law which was approved by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, gives child welfare organisations across the state the ability to openly discriminate against LGBTI couples in matters including adoption and foster care.
According to reports, the new law will also allow agencies to reject qualified potential parents on the basis of religious beliefs, including interfaith couples, single parents, and married couples in which one prospective parent has previously been divorced.
JoDee Winterhof, Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has described the move by the Governor to approve the law as “shameful.”
“Gov. Fallin has cemented her legacy, siding with discrimination and the legislature in throwing kids under the bus to create a ‘license to discriminate’ against LGBTQ Oklahomans.”
“With this action, Oklahoma has the negative distinction of being the only state to sign an anti-LGBTQ bill into law this year. Oklahoma’s leaders must live with that, and live with the reputational fallout that it may bring. This is wrong.”
Despite the scaremongering being conducted by anti-LGBTI groups, welfare groups across the United States are overwhelmingly against Oklahoma’s new legislation.
Troy Stevenson, Executive Director of Freedom Oklahoma, expressed his concern about “the countless young people who will be stigmatised by state-sanctioned hate.”
“Make no mistake, we will fight for the most vulnerable Oklahomans targeted by this law. Our message to Governor Fallin, and the lawmakers who championed this travesty is simple: we’ll see you in court!” Stevenson said.
Last Updated on May 19, 2018